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1 BEING FINANCIALLY PREPARED FOR RETIREMENT The Scary Facts! $1.00 item in 1972, costs $3.78 today At the average rate of inflation, the price you pay for an item today will be double in 20 years almost $5.00 for a dozen eggs!! You would need $300,000 invested at 6% for an $18,000 annual income when you retire The average life span for a man is 76, but you should plan financially for 85 The average life span for a woman is 82, but you should plan for 90 It s quite possible that you could live 30 years after retirement Where will your retirement income come from? Old Age Security Canada Pension Plan Company Pension Plan Registered Retirement Savings Plan Personal Savings Home Equity Financial Planners estimate that you will need a retirement income that is 70-80% of your final earned income to live comfortably Generally you will spend less on clothing, eating out and routine transportation You may initially spend more on travel or hobbies. Utilities will likely cost more because you are home more Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan are intended to provide about 35% of your retirement income Ideally, a company pension plan will make up 50% Personal savings or RRSP s will make up the remaining 15% Old Age Security Must be 65 or older (if born after 1957, eligibility age increases incrementally to a maximum age of 67) Apply for benefits 6 months in advance Meet Canadian residence requirements OAS is taxable income Current maximum is $544 per month Reduced if total income >$69,562 year Guaranteed Income Supplement for low income seniors ( maximum $738) 1

2 Canada Pension Plan Must have contributed to be eligible Apply 6 months in advance CPP is taxable income Current maximum is $986 per month based on how much and how long you contributed Calculations allow for a drop out period of up to 15% of low earning years You can draw CPP at age 60 with benefits reduced by.7% per month prior to age 65 You can postpone CPP until age 70, increasing your amount by.7% per month Survivor benefits may be available to a spouse and/or children You can pension share with a spouse or common-law partner who is also 60 years of age to take advantage of tax benefits (ie; spouse has lower tax rate) Company Pension Plans Defined Contribution Defined Benefit Deferred Profit Sharing Group RRSP Defined Contribution Annuity Commonly, a set percentage is deducted from income and matched by employer Contributions are invested with a company designated investment firm Employee contributions can be claimed to reduce taxable income Usually vested after 2 years (cannot cash funds but employer cannot take back their portion) The employee is responsible for choosing and tracking investments and their performance Pension funds may be available as early as age 55 Pension funds must be used to purchase an Annuity or Life Income Fund A contract with a Life Insurance Company Guarantees specific income for specific length of time Payments based on age, amount of money and interest rate when purchased No lump sum withdrawals No changes to payments or terms Income Reducing Annuity the owner would get a set amount and on their death, the spouse would get a reduced amount Impaired Annuity takes existing serious medical conditions into consideration to pay a higher amount to compensate for shorter life expectancy Life Income Fund Payment amount guaranteed for life You may collect 6 payments or 600! Term Certain for example, 20 year payment to you or your beneficiary Joint and Last Survivor on death, payments continue to your spouse until their death (smaller payments than single life annuity) 2

3 Defined Benefits Both employer and employee contribute Pension provider manages the investment porfolio and associated risks Provides a guaranteed income for life Calculated using earnings and years of service Protected against inflation Can retire as early as age 55 with bridge benefits to age 65 Bridge benefits replaced by CPP at 65 Survivor and disability benefits Many defined benefits plans have a website with a retirement income calculator (.omers., Benefit calculations vary according to the plan but a very general example of what to expect would be: 2% x 35 years of service x $50,000 (applicable income) = $35,000 per year less appropriate deductions Deferred Profit Sharing An employer allocates a percentage of the company s pre-tax profits to the employee pension fund Incentive to employee to work in the best interest of the company to boost profit May not contribute if having a poor year Contributions are tax deductible Contributions vest after 2 years No locking-in rules At retirement, can cash contributions, buy an annuity or a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) Group buying power can result in higher rates and lower investment management fees Group RRSP Remember Employees save for retirement by contributing to an RRSP through payroll deduction Group buying power can result in higher interest and lower management fees Receive tax break every pay, at source Company pension plans are designed to ideally provide 50% of your total retirement income Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) You contribute to a plan for yourself or a spouse Contributions are tax deferred, reducing income tax payable now to withdraw when you are retired with a potentially lower tax bracket Maximum contribution of 18% of annual earned income (cumulative) to an annually adjusted maximum 3

4 Suggestions Use any tax refund resulting from your RRSP contribution to pay down your mortgage or deposit to a Registered Education Savings Plan If you will have a larger company pension income, consider a Tax Free Savings Account vs RRSP Some RRSP Investment Options Savings GIC s Mutual Funds Stock Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) An RRSP must be converted to a retirement income by the end of the year you turn 71. You could use that money to buy an annuity or a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) You choose how the RRIF is invested, keeping in mind that usually risk tolerance is lower after retirement as chances to recoup losses are less RRIF s offer flexibility not available in other retirement vehicles Subject to a government set minimum, you determine the payment amount and frequency You can withdraw a lump sum at any time keeping in mind that it becomes taxable income Example RRIF payments: $100,000 invested at 6% could give you $1000 per month from age 69 to 81, or $700 per month from age 69 to age 91 If your RRIF is earning only 2%, a $700 payment would end at age 83! What about a Registered Education Savings Plan? RESP s While planning for retirement, you may also want to contribute to an RESP to help fund post secondary education for your children The current average cost of four years of University, providing your child lives at home, is $37,000 You are allowed to contribute up to $4,000 per child per year to a maximum of $42,000 Government contributes a grant equal to 20% of your deposit to $400 per year and a maximum of $7200 per plan You have a total of 21 years to invest You have a total of 25 year from opening to collapse the plan Withdrawals made from the plan, used for education, are taxable income at the student s low tax rate If the RESP is not used, your original contributions can be withdrawn, earnings are taxable and the government will take back the 20% grant Original contributions to $50,000 may be transferred to an RRSP if unused portion matches 4

5 Personal Savings Having personal savings available will mean that you are prepared for any unexpected expenses Only the earned income (interest, etc) will be taxable Totally flexible and can be used at your discretion you can avoid paying tax and penalties to withdraw funds Home Equity Borrow against home equity with a line of credit to get a low interest rate Reverse mortgages, companies will make monthly payments to you on the understanding that they are repaid with preset interest on your death Homes rarely depreciate, selling your home to downsize can net a substantial amount of cash and the profit on your residence is not taxable Life Insurance Will Reassess your needs shortly before retirement Who is your life insurance for? Maybe adult children who will benefit, would be willing to pay the premiums If you don t have individual life insurance, you may be able to continue to pay for a policy through your employer Single? Good net worth? No children? Do you need life insurance? Provincial court can select a guardian for your children Assets will be frozen until the province appoints an administrator, sometimes taking months In Ontario, the first $200,000 will go to a spouse and any balance is split 50/50 between your spouse and children To Make a will A Living Will Hire a lawyer Purchase a Will Kit in a bookstore or business supply store Obtain a form from the internet Always notify the person you are appointing as executor and be sure they have ready access to a copy of the will Clearly outlines your preferences about medical preferences, like life support Reduces the stress of loved-ones trying to make important medical decisions for you Provides a Medical Power of Attorney that allows your appointed representative to make medical decisions if you are unable to do so Remember It s never too late to start saving for retirement. It will always be a benefit to you. No contribution is too small to make a difference. 5

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